Title: Angel Burn
Author: L.A. Weatherly
Published: May 24, 2011 by Candlewick
Series: Angel Trilogy #1
Source: e-ARC from publisher and Netgalley
Challenge: 2011 Debut Author Challenge
Note: This was previously released in the UK in October 2010 as Angel.
Summary: Willow knows she’s different from other girls, and not just because she loves tinkering with cars. Willow has a gift. She can look into the future and know people’s dreams and hopes, their sorrows and regrets, just by touching them. She has no idea where this power comes from. But the assassin, Alex, does. Gorgeous, mysterious Alex knows more about Willow than Willow herself. He knows that her powers link to dark and dangerous forces, and that he’s one of the few humans left who can fight them. When Alex finds himself falling in love with his sworn enemy, he discovers that nothing is as it seems, least of all good and evil. In the first book in an action-packed, romantic trilogy, L..A. Weatherly sends readers on a thrill-ride of a road trip — and depicts the human race at the brink of a future as catastrophic as it is deceptively beautiful.
Review: One of the things that surprised me about Angel Burn was the way the angels were depicted. Usually these kinds of books have good angels and bad angels, but in this book all of the angels are considered bad. This may sound weird but that's one of the things that made me really like this book. The fact that all angels were "bad" really set Angel Burn apart from other books and gave angels an interesting new spin.
I loved Willow! Not only do I love her name, but I love the kind of girl she is. She can take care of herself and doesn't take a lot of crap from others. I thought it was kind of cliche to have the whole pretty girl who's kind of a tom boy and fixes cars aspect, but it didn't affect the book overall. I would have enjoyed it if there had been more of Willow's mom in the story too. It just feels like she would have added a little something extra.
I didn't feel a great knowledge of or connection with Alex, but he and Willow seem like a good couple. The romance itself got a little too sappy and cheesy for me at times, but I'm a sucker for just about any romance (no matter how cheesy).
The overall plot was very fast paced and action filled. I liked that there were multiple perspectives so that I knew what was happening with Willow and Alec but also with the Church of Angels.
The ending wrapped up a little too quickly but I think it's in a good spot for the sequel.
Overall this was a very well written book with good characters and plot. It's good for those who like a paranormal romance type read and it provides a great spin on angels.